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Death Cross

The death cross is a technical indicator which occurs when an asset’s (gold’s) short-term moving average (like the 60-day moving average) crosses below its long-term moving average (like the 200-day moving average). The death cross is the opposite of the golden cross. As the name implies, it is often associated with important downward price movement and it is considered a bearish signal. The crossover is considered more significant when accompanied by high trading volume. Once it occurs, the long-term moving average is considered a major resistance level.

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Discount Spread

A spread in financial markets is the difference between the bid price (the price that buyers are prepared to pay) and the offer price (the price which sellers are prepared to sell at) on a financial or investment product.

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Divergence in monetary policies

The divergence in monetary policies is a difference in monetary policies adopted by the world’s most systemically important central banks (i.e. the Federal Reserve System, the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan). These central banks used to synchronize their actions, however, their monetary policies started to decouple in 2014. Investors witnessed the starkest contrast between them in December, 2015, when the European Central Bank eased its monetary policy, while the Fed raised its interest rates. The main cause of the divergence in monetary policies was the fact that the U.S. recovered more quickly than Europe after the Great Recession. Therefore, the Fed started to tighten its stance compared to the ECB’s or BOJ’s actions.

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Diversification is an investment strategy that calls for spreading risk and allocating resources so as to keep them from being vulnerable to external conditions, and to be as independent from each other as possible. In short, diversification is about “not putting all your eggs in one basket.”

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Dodd-Frank Act

The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was passed in 2010 for the purpose of reforming the American financial regulatory system. A response to the financial crisis of the late 2000s, it is intended to improve transparency in the financial system, enhance consumer protections, end the phenomenon of "too big to fail" financial institutions, and implement other reforms.

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Dollar Cost Averaging

Method of purchasing assets in which you divide your capital in equal dollar amounts and spread the purchase over time - perhaps over several months. Our studies show that the dollar cost averaging is not advisable for purchasing gold nor silver.

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Dow Theory

Dow Theory is a general theory that attempts to describe the behavior of the stock market: the way that price trends develop and the reasons behind it. It also gives some ideas on how to determine whether a particular move should be seen as a continuation of the current trend or rather a sign of a trend reversal.

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